Dog owners are increasingly concerned about dog theft.
To help keep your dog safe Neighbourhood Watch Network have launched a PROTECT YOUR POOCH campaign highlighting simple and memorable things you can do to reduce your chance of becoming a victim of dog theft. www.ourwatch.org.uk/protectyourpooch
Neighbourhood Watch is encouraging dog owners to keep their dog SECURE, IN SIGHT AND SEARCHABLE, and help make dog theft a SPECIFIC criminal offence. #protectyourpooch
Attached is a printable poster for your communal areas
The PROTECT YOUR POOCH campaign encourages people to keep their pets SECURE, IN SIGHT and SEARCHABLE, and to HELP MAKE PET THEFT A SPECIFIC CRIMINAL OFFENCE. The Met Police and Crimestoppers are backing our SECURE, IN SIGHT and SEARCHABLE message. More information on the campaign can be found on www.ourwatch.org.uk/protectyourpooch.
You can support the campaign by acting on our advice and sharing our messages in the following ways:
- Follow us on ourwatch.org.uk / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram / LinkedIn and share our campaign posts
- Print this poster and display it in your community
- Share this campaign image on your local Whatsapp groups
- Help make pet theft a specific criminal offence by signing a petition or writing to your MP. Find out more on www.ourwatch.org.uk/protectyourpooch
- Attend our online Dog Theft webinar on 27th May, 5pm. Book your place here.
About guest speaker Katy Bourne, PCC for Sussex
Katy Bourne is in her third term as Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Sussex. She was first elected in 2012, re-elected in 2016 and again in 2021. The PCC’s role is to hold the Chief Constable to account for the performance of the Force; effectively making the police answerable to the communities they serve.
Katy is responsible for setting the strategic direction and priorities for Sussex Police through the Police & Crime Plan. This includes setting the police budget and local police precept – the amount residents pay for policing in their council tax. She also has a statutory duty to deliver community safety initiatives including Restorative Justice and crime reduction grants, along with commissioning support services for victims of crime.
Her genuine passion and commitment to making a difference has won her praise from successive Home Secretaries and Prime Ministers and in June 2019 she was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.